Principles of Criminal Law (with Built-in Study Guide) / Edition 3

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Principles of Criminal Law, 3rd edition is a brief text that is ideal for survey courses. The text uses a narrative approach that presents background information necessary to understand the principles involved in criminal law and set forth the elements of the major crimes. Short, succinct edited cases in certain chapters help readers improve their grasp of important topics.

Also, a Built-in Study Guide, at the end of each chapter, reviews the chapter material and asks questions designed to highlight the key principles set forth in the chapter.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205444182
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/4/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents



Internet Sites with Online Legal Resources.


1. Sources of Criminal Law.


Principles of Criminal Responsibility.

Morals Versus Law.

Classification of Crimes.

Origins of Criminal Law.

Case Law.

Reform of Criminal Law.

Police Powers of Government.

2. Limitations on Criminal Liability.

Bill of Rights.

Eighth Amendment.

Due Process.


Social Harm.

Right to Privacy.


Equal Protection.

Double Jeopardy.

3. Basic Requirements of a Criminal Act.

Act-Actus Reus.

Intent-Mens Rea.

Joinder of Intent and Act.


4. Inchoate or Anticipatory Crimes and Criminal Liability.




Accomplices and Accessories.

Comparing and Contrasting Inchoate Crimes.

5. Defenses.

Criminal Responsibility.

Justification and Excuse.

Procedural Defenses.

6. Homicide.



Voluntary Manslaughter.

Involuntary Manslaughter.

Negligent Manslaughter.

Special Problems in Homicide.

Comparing and Contrasting Homicides.

7. Sex Offenses.


Sodomy and Oral Copulation.

Other Sexual Acts and Offenses.

8. Other Crimes againstPersons.


False Imprisonment.

Assault and Battery.

Aggravated Assault and Battery.


9. Robbery, Extortion and Bribery.



Special Problems in Robbery and Extortion.


10. Theft and Other Crimes Involving.




False Pretenses.

Consolidation of Theft Offenses.

Receiving Stolen Property.



11. Crimes against Habitation.



Special Problems in Crimes against Habitation.

12. Crimes against Public Morals.



Games of Chance.

Public Corruption.

13. Narcotic and Alcohol Offenses.

Narcotic Offenses.

Alcohol Offenses.


14. Special Crimes.


Child Abuse.

Elder Abuse.

Spousal Abuse.

15. Sentencing and Punishment.

Introduction to Sentencing.

Types of Sentences.

Incarceration and Its Alternatives.

Victim Rights.

The Death Penalty.

Case Index.


Subject Index.

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